Selena Schulz is Everyday Hero protecting Pasco animals

Selena Schulz is growing up in a family that includes two dogs, and a guinea pig named Desmond. Once in a while, there also are the stray dogs, cats and unexpected critters that her father brings home. One time it was a chicken. But, more likely, it’s a friendless dog or cat that Kurt Schulz found on the side of the road. They are all in need of tender loving care. “He’s a plumber, so … [Read more...]

New retirement community arriving soon in Land O’ Lakes

A new retirement community is coming to Land O’ Lakes, which will offer independent living, assistant living and memory care housing options. Keystone Place at Terra Bella is expected to open within months at 2200 Livingston Road in Land O’ Lakes. The development will have 140 total apartments, with 62 dedicated to independent living, 56 to assisted living and 22 to memory care, said … [Read more...]

Celebrating the value of good deeds

The threat of rain and severe weather cut short the festivities for the first annual Appreciate Pasco Festival at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, but that didn’t detract from the purpose of the event — which was to call attention to the good people do. The event was organized as a way to celebrate local Pasco County volunteers, as well as recognize International Good Deeds Day. Good Deeds … [Read more...]

Showing some appreciation for those who do good

This is a festival that takes time out to celebrate the good that people do in their communities. The name of the event is Appreciate Pasco: A Community Volunteer Appreciation Festival, and it will feature entertainment, food, prizes, awards and recognitions. It also will highlight Good Deeds Day, an international event held in 93 countries, to recognize good works that often go unnoticed, … [Read more...]

Pine View Middle School continues journey toward IB designation

An International Baccalaureate team recently visited Pine View Middle School, to determine if the Land O’ Lakes school has met the requirements to become an authorized IB Middle Years Programme World School. The team spent two days at the school, interviewing staff, students and parents, and observing classrooms to ensure that the IB framework has been embedded in Pine View’s learning … [Read more...]

Charlie the Dog helps children read at local library

While many dogs know how to fetch and roll, Charlie has an unusual talent: He can encourage children to read. Charlie is a therapy dog and is part of the R.E.A.D. team, along with library assistant Victoria Hanley, of Lutz. The pair are involved in a new program at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, called “Read with Charlie the Dog.” R.E.A.D. is an international … [Read more...]

Sinkhole to get turnarounds and a fence

Pasco County has selected the solution it plans to pursue regarding the sinkhole that opened last year in Lake Padgett Estates in Land O’ Lakes. The county plans to build two “hammerhead” turnarounds on each side of the sinkhole. A six-foot decorative fence and an access gate also will be installed around the sinkhole on Ocean Pines Drive. The estimated cost for the work is … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes band trip to states a long time coming

It’s been over a decade since the Land O’ Lakes High School band performed at states. That wait is over. The school’s symphonic band will join more than 40 other Florida high schools on April 23 at the State North High School Concert Band Music Performance Assessment (MPA) at Flagler Palm Coast High School, in Palm Coast. Mitchell High School is the only other public school in Pasco … [Read more...]

Pasco cuts ribbon on kitchen to feed seniors

Nutritious meals that are served to Pasco County seniors will now be made locally. The meals previously were prepared in St. Petersburg and then trucked over to Pasco County. Now, the food preparation will be done in a new commercial kitchen at the Land O’ Lakes Senior Center. Pasco County officials cut the ribbon on the new kitchen, at 6801 Wisteria Loop in Land O’ Lakes, on March … [Read more...]

Ridge Road extension is a step closer

Pasco County is placing a future order to buy wetlands adjacent to the Connerton Preserve to offset wetlands that would be lost due to construction of the Ridge Road extension. The Pasco County Commission approved a wetlands credit purchase agreement with Ecosystem Investment Partners Credit Co., for up to $4.4 million at its March 27 meeting in New Port Richey. The item, part of the … [Read more...]